Russell, from Ultima VII
Meeting the Avatar in Ultima VII, Russell spoke about how he liked his job and offered the deed to a ship and a Sextant for sale. Asked about New Magincia, he revealed how much he liked it there and mentioned that strangers only seldomly arrived on the island, and that right now three shipwrecked people (Robin, Leavell and Battles) were living on the island.
When asked about them, Russell told the Avatar the story of how he had found them in the wreck, adding that the ship was built by Owen of Minoc. Russell stated outright that he saw with his schooled eyes that the ship was a shoddy construction he would never create. Russell also added that the men came from Buccaneer's Den and wanted to return there; however, they had no money and he wasn't so stupid as to give them one of his ships for free.
With this information, the Avatar felt it should be interesting to investigate the three men and Owen's rather poorly built ships.